Pot-pourri eBulletin 15 November 2019

President's Message

As you may be aware, the College is establishing a workforce data profile to assist our understanding of what is happening in the medical workforce. Last week, all Fellows would have received a subscription email reminder and noticed that part of this process included a request to complete their ‘Work Profile’. My Work Profile asks Fellows to enter the number of hours they work, the professional activities they’re engaged in and the locations they work. I encourage you to take a few moments to complete this. The data will help inform stakeholders and policymakers when making workforce decisions and allow the College to better understand our needs.

The PCHD has been active with policy work with some exciting news from Aotearoa New Zealand with the recently released Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. This strategy is consistent with and informed by the College Position Statements on Inequities in Child Health and Early Childhood and was consulted on widely within the Aotearoa New Zealand Government agencies during development. We welcome this government-led strategy that collaborated with over 6,000 children and young people and look forward to seeing change.

As many of you are aware, the Australian Government is currently conducting a review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Act to develop an NDIS Participant Service Guarantee to support positive experiences within the Scheme. The Guarantee will set new standards for the time it takes for key steps in the NDIS process. A particular focus will be on children and those participants needing specialist disability accommodation and assistive technology. The College made a submission to the Review, which can be found in the RACP Policy & Advocacy library.

The PCHD Council has developed an advocacy toolkit for members to use in their individual capacity. Grass-roots advocacy by physicians and trainees can be very powerful and having the tools to do this effectively is necessary to influence and make change. The toolkit includes a brochure describing the PCHD’s purpose, a customisable letter template and PowerPoint presentation with the PCHD Fellowship Mark for your adaptation. If you are a member of a College committee, it is important to be clear in your use of the toolkit that your advocacy is in your own capacity, and not on behalf of the College. Further resources to assist you in your advocacy include tips for meeting with your local MP, and the RACP’s Advocacy Framework. I encourage you to use the toolkit and contact the College if you need any assistance.

Professor Paul Colditz
President, Paediatrics & Child Health Division

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My Work Profile

Many Government decisions on workforce are based on anecdotal data. As a response to this we are updating our records to assist our future decision making for physician education programs.

Did you know the hours you work, the professional activities you are engaged in and where you work impact the paediatrics and adult medicine workforce?

You’ll find My Work Profile in MyRACP.

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How does My Work Profile benefit you?

Workforce data will be made available to you and will help:

  • new Fellows decide in which geographic area to work in Australia and New Zealand
  • new Fellows choose between private or public practice
  • you understand how your work hours compare with your peers
  • the RACP and stakeholders including government policy-makers make better workforce decisions, based on current data
  • Fellows understand activities they are undertaking; research, administration or clinical.

Hear what others have to say about My Work Profile

For more information, please read the My Work Profile FAQs. For details on what data will be collected and how it will be stored, please read the Privacy Statement.

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Guide for members on the NDIS and a summary of the recent changes

The goal of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is to fund long-term care and support for people with significant disabilities, provide better links between the community and people with disabilities, help break down stereotypes, and ensure quality assurance and best practice among service providers.

Since the Scheme began, there has often been conflict between the NDIS and Health services over who pays for particular supports. In June, at the first formal meeting of the Council of Australian Governments Disability Reform Council the states and Commonwealth government came to a landmark agreement on funding responsibilities. As a result, the NDIS will fund a range of new supports.

The key announcements included:

  • Agreement between Commonwealth and State and Territory governments that the NDIS will fund a range of disability-related health supports where they are part of the participant’s daily life and result directly from the participant’s disability.
  • Clarification and agreement of the responsibilities for children in voluntary-out-of-home care due to complex disability needs.
  • The endorsement of a National Hospital Discharge Action Plan to reduce the number and length of stays in hospital experienced by NDIS participants.

The Department of Social Services is currently undertaking a review of the NDIS Act, with a focus on removing red tape for participants. The review will also develop details of the Participant Service Guarantee, which will set additional timeframes for decision-making by the NDIA in relation to access, planning, review and appeal processes to be legislated mid next year. We are currently developing a submission for this review.

Find out more on the RACP’s work on the NDIS.

Register for RACP Congress 2020 – Balancing medical science with humanity

Monday, 4 to Wednesday, 6 May 2020, Melbourne Convention Centre

We are excited to announce more inspirational speakers at RACP Congress 2020.

Keynote speaker, Professor Catherine Crock AM, presenting on Balancing science with humanity: how kindness restores the whole in medicine. Professor Crock is a doctor at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, music and theatrical producer, humanitarian, mother and strong advocate for culture change in healthcare.

We will discuss the application of genomics, a rapidly evolving multidisciplinary field with Professor Kathryn North AC, Director of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and the David Danks Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Melbourne.

We will explore the impact of transfers of responsibility when transitions from child to adult health occur with Ms Evelyn Culnane, Lead Transition to Adult Care at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and Dr Jeremy Lewin, Medical Director of ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service.

Find out more and register

Tri-nation Alliance International Medical Symposium

Registrations are now open for the Tri-nation Alliance International Medical Symposium (IMS) to be held on Friday, 20 March 2020 at the Amora Hotel Sydney, Australia.

Now in its ninth year, IMS is an annual event that reinforces the strong historical relationship between medical professions from Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Cementing these ties, a formal agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Royal Australasian College of Psychiatrists created the Tri-Nations Alliance. 

The IMS 2020 theme, Providing care to underserved populations, is relevant to health professionals from all member countries. With a focus on higher medical education, delegates will explore how specialist training can support and enhance access to healthcare for critical populations experiencing difficulties in accessing healthcare, potentially due to location or isolation, social determinants or other specific issues.

Find out more and register

2020 PREP Basic Training Program Requirements handbooks now available

Check your handbook to make sure you have the latest information for training in Paediatrics & Child Health.

As a trainee or supervisor, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you are following the correct requirements for each training year.

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Be part of the change to improve physician mental health

We’ve partnered with the Black Dog Institute and are looking for supervisors to join the Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) as part of the development of an online mental health training program.

The program will give supervisors the skills to better manage and support the mental health needs of trainees.

Your involvement

As a part of the RCT you will be asked to complete:

  • four questionnaires over six-months.
  • the online HeadCoach for Physicians program:
    • consists of nine modules (less than 10 minutes each)
    • can be completed over three-weeks at your own pace
    • can be completed on your computer, tablet or phone.


Register for the RCT today on HeadCoach for Physicians website or contact wmh@unsw.edu.au  if you have any questions.

More information on the main trial, including information about confidentiality, is available in the Participant Information Sheet.

This research has been reviewed and approved by The University of New South Wales Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any complaints or concerns about the research project please email humanethics@unsw.edu.au or phone +61 2 9385 6222 quoting the following number HC190628.

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health early view of next issue available online

The early view of the next issue of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health is now available on the JPC Wiley page

Tools to help you meet your CPD requirements

Participating in audit activities is one of the key ways doctors will meet requirements of the MyCPD Category 3 – Measuring Outcomes. If you’re unsure how to do an audit, or deciding an area of your practice to audit, we have developed an audit template to help you.

The audit template:

  • provides a guide to completing an audit
  • explains each step and provides a link to other resources that may assist Fellows.

For audit ideas, access the following resources:

Discover your online learning options today

We understand you’re busy and on-the-go, so discover our quality online education. Accessible anywhere and optimised for mobile on-the-go learning, access a range of online learning courses, resources, lectures, curated collections and podcasts. Developed by members, for members, the interactive nature of our online learning resources enable you to learn from your peers. RACP Online Learning Resources are free for members and count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. 

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New Pomegranate podcast: Ep53: Marrabinya – a hand outstretched

Marrabinya is a Wiradjuri word meaning 'hand outstretched'. It’s the name of a service in the Western New South Wales Primary Health Network which financially supports Indigenous Australians to attend specialist consultations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples receive specialist medical care 40 per cent less often than non-Indigenous Australians. It’s easy to imagine communities out in the red desert and blame culture clash or the tyranny of distance, but most Indigenous Australians live in cities or regional communities. The Marrabinya staff explain how socioeconomic factors and institutional biases can accumulate to prevent Aboriginal patients from receiving the care they need.

Marrabinya is an exemplary model of principles that RACP has formalised in the Medical Specialist Access Framework. Indigenous leadership, cultural safety, person and family-centred approach and a context-specific approach can all contribute to great gains in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Guests: Marrabinya Executive Manger Donna Jeffries and chronic care link staff Desley Mason, Kym Lees, Possum Swinton, Sandra Ritchie, Donna Jeffries, Melissa Flannery, Joanne Bugg, Jacob Bloomfield and Gaby Bugg.

Fellows of the RACP can claim CPD credits via MyCPD for listening to this episode and reading the resources.

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New RCH National Child Health Poll released: Organ donation – do families know the facts?

In the most recent survey – Organ donation: Do families know the facts? – Australian parents were asked a series of questions to explore their knowledge, beliefs and intentions in relation to organ donation for themselves and their children.

This poll revealed that the vast majority (81 per cent) of parents say they would be willing to donate their own organs in the event that they died, and two-thirds (66 per cent) say they would consider donating their child’s organs. However, most parents (75 per cent) haven’t discussed organ donation with their teenager, with the leading reason being that they haven’t really thought about organ donation (52 per cent).

Many parents are also confused about the facts when it comes to organ donation, holding misbeliefs such as a child might not get all available treatment options to save their life if they made a decision to consider organ donation for their child (36 per cent), believing toddlers and pre-schoolers who have died are too young to donate organs (42 per cent) and worrying a child would likely suffer in the donation process (32 per cent).

It was reasurring to find that children are raising the topic with their parents, with 18 per cent of parents saying their child raised it because they had seen it in the media or on social media and 15 per cent reporting their child had learnt about it in school.

The RCH Poll shows that while parents are willing to donate their own organs in the event that they died, many have not discussed their decision with their family or registered it with the Australian Organ Donor Register.

If you have any further questions regarding the poll, please email the RCH.

Read key findings of the poll

Help shape the wellbeing of Australia's children and parents – take a 10-minute GenV Survey

Our rapidly-changing world is having both positive and negative impacts for today’s children and their families. This includes high rates of complex health and development problems, and a search for better ways to promote wellbeing. However, our traditional approaches to problem-solving and research are struggling to keep pace at the rate we need.

GenV is an initiative led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and backed by the Victorian Government. It will help address these issues by better linking existing data, supplemented with data from up to 170,000 Victorian children born between 2021-2022 and their parents, telling a holistic story of lifelong health and wellbeing.

Policymakers, researchers, service providers, educators and practitioners will be able to use GenV’s powerful data to accelerate the discovery of solutions for children and parents today.

GenV needs your contribution to ensure that GenV knows about the questions confronting you.

Help GenV to understand your needs by completing GenV's Focus Area SurveyThe survey will remain open until 9am Monday, 25 November 2019. Your input is important and can help to shape GenV's priorities, data and resources.

To find out more about GenV, visit the GenV website or sign up to receive GenV updates to stay informed about how GenV is accelerating solutions for health and development.

Take the GenV's Focus Area Survey

International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP) e-bulletin

Sign-up for the latest ISSOP e-bulletin. ISSOP promotes knowledge of social paediatrics, to stimulate research in this field, to disseminate such knowledge at meetings and to work together with national and international agencies.

Launch of the 2019 MJA-Lancet Countdown on health and climate change

Listen to experts discuss report highlights and key challenges at the Sydney MJA-Lancet Countdown Launch at Macquarie University on Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 4pm. The RACP was involved in the development of the MJA-Lancet Countdown Policy brief for Australia, which will be launched as part of this event.

Register now 

Pot-pourri submissions welcome

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Simply Login to MyRACP and go to 'Edit my details'.
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